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Parks get mixed grades; school board chief steps down; rent freeze proposed on Caltrans homes in El Sereno

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • L.A.’s parks got mixed grades in a recent survey of more than 40 community parks. While Patton Street Park in Echo Park got an A- grade, other Eastside parks received “B” and “B-” grades, with visitors facing dirty or locked restrooms, homeless encampments and other problems. The Eastsider
  • Monterey Park, located next to East L.A. and El Sereno, was ranked No. 3 on this year’s list of “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine
  • A magnitude 3.6 quake centered a few miles northwest of Westwood rattled residents across the Westside and San Fernando Valley on Monday night. There were no reports of damage or injuries. KPCC
  • A helicopter atop a trailer turned up in the streets of East L.A. for several days. It was identified as a 1950s era Bell helicopter model 47D1, and it may have been used as a prop. But it’s unclear what it was doing parked on the street. The Eastsider
  • Police identified a man who vandalized a Sikh temple in Los Feliz and later threatened a witness who caught him in the act on video. L.A. Now
  • Only a few months after the reservoirs in Silver Lake were finally refilled, the Ivanhoe Reservoir, the smaller of the two, has to be mostly emptied once again. This will enable workers to seal off the pipeline that connects Ivanhoe to the rest of the L.A. water system, helping the LADWP comply with regulatory requirements. Ivanhoe is to be refilled after about a month and a half. The Eastsider
  • Ref Rodriguez resigned as L.A. school board president one week after he was charged with violating campaign fundraising laws. However, Rodriguez, who grew up in Cypress Park, will remain on the school board representing District 5, which includes all or portions of Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, East L.A., Echo Park, Highland Park, Silver Lake and other communities. L.A. Times
  • Officials went door-to-door in the Los Feliz-Glendale area to warn residents about the risks posed by the potentially deadly West Nile Virus, after the area emerged as a hotspot for the mosquito-borne disease. The Eastsider
  • When there’s a risk of flooding in the L.A. River, officials are quick to issue warnings and close the channel to the public. But when there’s a big spike in harmful bacteria in the water, there’s no official procedure in place to warn people away from the river. KPCC
  • Please don’t water the trees. That’s the request from the Recreation and Parks Department regarding approximately 300 Elysian Park saplings that were planted in “Land Life Cocoons.” The cocoons store and supply water to the young trees and force the roots deeper into the ground to tap into ground water. Watering them does more harm than good, since the parks department needs to see if the cocoons are effective. The Eastsider
  • All of the tickets to potential Division Series and League Championship Series games at Dodger Stadium sold out within a few hours. My News LA
  • The city has agreed to preserve documents for at least two years to settle a lawsuit filed after former 4th District Councilman Tom LaBonge ordered more than 100 boxes of files and documents to be destroyed as he was preparing to leave office. Los Feliz Ledger
  • Bravo Medical Magnet High in Lincoln Heights is among the top 10 L.A. school district campuses with the highest rates of graduates enrolled in college. Eighty-seven percent of the school’s 2016 graduates were enrolled in college by April of this year. L.A. Times
  • A bill approved by the state legislature would freeze rents on more than 100 of the Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena. The agency is preparing to sell off the properties located on the route once proposed for an extension of the 710 Freeway. SGV News
  • Echo Park pastor Noe Carias has been released by immigration authorities after he was put into detention two months ago. NBC LA
  • A jury found a 24-year-old Bell Gardens man guilty of the fatal November 2015 shooting of two brothers — Antonio Aguilar and Juan Aguilar — at Salazar Park in East Los Angeles. KTLA

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